Ranking the SEC's toughest venues in 2014
The Southeastern Conference has some of college football’s most passionate fanbases.
1. Alabama- Alabama tied Mississippi State for the best home record in the SEC (7-0). However, the Tide had a larger average attendance, ranking third in the conference. Alabama had an average attendance of 101,534, a 0.03 increase from 2013.
2. Mississippi State- The Bulldogs tied the Crimson Tide for the conference’s best home record. Despite finishing 12th in the SEC in average attendance, Mississippi State saw a 9.8 increase in attendance from 2013.
3. Auburn- Auburn went 6-1 in games played at Jordan-Hare Stadium. The Tigers ranked sixth in average attendance with an 87,451 average.
4. Mississippi- Ole Miss finished with a 6-1 record at home. The Rebels ranked 11th in average attendance, but saw a 3.6 percent growth in 2014. Ole Miss’ home win against No. 1 Alabama remains the only blemish on the Tide’s otherwise perfect season.
5. Georgia- The Bulldogs also held a 6-1 record in home games. Georgia’s only home loss came in overtime against No. 16 Georgia Tech in Week 14. The Bulldogs also ranked fifth in average attendance.
6. Arkansas- The Razorbacks finished with a 5-1 home record, despite going 1-5 in road and neutral site games. Arkansas ranked ninth in attendance, averaging 66,521 per game. The Razorbacks rank ahead of the other five-win teams for their success against ranked opponents at home.
7. LSU- The Tigers finished with a 5-2 record in Death Valley. Despite having the second-highest attendance average
8. Missouri- The Tigers matched LSU’s home record, but defeated one ranked team at Faurot Field at Memorial Stadium. Missouri also ranked 10th in the conference in total attendance.
9. Kentucky- Kentucky matched LSU and Missouri with a 5-2 home record. However, the Wildcats’ victories were far less impressive, including Vanderbilt, South Carolina and three wins against smaller programs. Kentucky also ranked 13th in average attendance.
10. Tennessee- The Vols went 4-3 at Neyland Stadium in 2014. Tennessee had the fourth highest attendance in the SEC, seeing a 4.4 percent growth form 2013.
11. South Carolina- The Gamecocks also went 4-3 at Williams-Brice Stadium. South Carolina finished eighth in average attendance with 81,381 per game.
12. Texas A&M- Despite the SEC’s highest average attendance, the Aggies went 3-3 at home. A&M ended its season with back-to-back home losses to Missouri and LSU.
13. Florida- The Gators also went 3-3 at home and had a 85,834 average attendance. Florida saw a 1.8 percent dip in attendance from 2013.
14. Vanderbilt- All three of Vanderbilt’s wins came in Nashville. However, the Commodores were 3-4 at Vanderbilt Stadium and had the lowest attendance in the SEC. The Commodores averaged 34,258 fans per game, the only team with less than 57,00.